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Drop-in event will share anti-flood ideas

Cardiff Council has arranged a drop-in meeting to share its initial ideas to reduce flood risk from Whitchurch Brook.

As we reported in the summer, the Greener Whitchurch project covers the brook from Caedelyn Park in Rhiwbina through Whitchurch to Lydstep Park, Gabalfa, where it enters the River Taff.

The project is exploring solutions including green infrastructure – a network of multi-functional green spaces to reduce surface water run-off and the amount of water entering the drains, while enhancing parts of Whitchurch’s public space.

The project is part of Cardiff Council’s strategy to ensure the city is ‘stronger, fairer and greener’.

Over the last few months, the community has shared their experiences of recent flood events through the project website.

The council is hosting a drop-in event to share these initial ideas with residents and businesses on Tuesday 16 January 2024 at 2-6pm in Whitchurch Hub, Park Road, Whitchurch, CF14 7XA.

Caro Wild, council cabinet member for climate change said: “We empathise with local residents and businesses who have been affected by the recent flood events in Whitchurch and recognise that it is likely to get worse as a result of climate change.  We need well-designed sustainable urban drainage to improve this community’s resilience to these extreme weather events.

“Building on the success of Greener Grangetown, Greener Whitchurch aims to deliver a range of water sensitive urban design solutions to reduce surface water run-off and manage the amount of water in the local drainage network.

“We are also exploring wider community benefits including sustainable transport, public realm improvements and biodiversity enhancements.”

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